How Machine Learning Will Change What You Eat

During the 20th century, advances in fertilizers, irrigation, and mechanized farming technology helped make it possible to feed a dramatically growing world population. Now, advocates say, the next big advance in agricultural technology may come from the digital world, as modern computer vision, precision sensors, and machine-learning technology help farmers use last century’s advances more efficiently and precisely to grow healthier and tastier food. “We’re at the cusp of this next wave of innovation in agriculture, which we call digital agriculture,” says Mike Stern, the president of The Climate Corporation. “It has to do with, over the past five to seven years, the farm really digitizing, not unlike how our society has changed in terms of the tools and types of things we can do.” The Climate Corp., which was…

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